- To collect (grain, grapes, etc.) left behind after the main harvest or gathering.
- Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.
- To glean the broken ears after the man / That the main harvest reaps.
- To gather what is left in (a field or vineyard).
- to glean a field
- To gather information in small amounts, with implied difficulty, bit by bit.
- John Locke
- content to glean what we can from […] experiments
- 8 December 2011, BBC News, Iran shows film of captured US drone, available in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16098562 :
- He said Iran was "well aware of what priceless technological information" could be gleaned from the aircraft.
- John Locke
- To frugally accumulate resources from low-yield contexts.
- He gleaned a living from newspaper work for a few months, but in the summer went to a fishing village […] where […] he wrote his great historical drama, "Master Olof." (Translators Edith and Warner Oland on author August Strindberg.)
glean (plural gleans)
- A collection made by gleaning.
- The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for glean in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- ^ Webster, Noah (1828): An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1